Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

'I've never been more frightened': Brent Tate pleads for change after lifting tackle

Brent Tate.

Phil Lutton Queensland winger Brent Tate has launched an impassioned plea to the NRL to eradicate lifting tackles from rugby league, saying he never been more frightened as he was sent hurtling in the air by NSW...

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Sam Thaiday backs Brent Tate as Origin tackle debate continues to simmer

Sam Thaiday.

Phil Lutton The Brent Tate-Josh Reynolds incident from Origin I refuses to fade away, with Sam Thaiday defending the Queensland winger amid suggestions he was out of line to speak out over the dangerous throw.

Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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North Queensland Cowboys and NRL at war after Tariq Sims pleads guilty

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Phil Lutton An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.

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State of Origin winners and losers

Laurie Daley, Cooper Cronk, Jarryd Hayne

Phil Lutton Who fired and who floundered in this year's Origin series?

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Dale Copley cut from right cloth for Origin: Justin Hodges

Broncos winger Dale Copely.

Phil Lutton Justin Hodges has given Dale Copley his biggest endorsement yet.

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Cooper Cronk to return as Maroons try to stave off clean sweep

Return likely: Cooper Cronk is a good chance of returning for the final match of the Origin series.

Phil Lutton Queensland had to wait for one halfback prior to game two. Now they will sweat on another as Cooper Cronk makes an audacious bid to come back in time to help save the Maroons from a demoralising...

State of Origin: Maroons name Cooper Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Matt Scott talk tactics with Matt Gillett during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session.

Phil Lutton Cooper Cronk has been named to make his return from a broken arm and Corey Parker returns from a facial injury as the Maroons bolster their Origin squad for game three of the series.

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Maroons' Will Chambers at centre of assault complaint

Will Chambers

Phil Lutton Queensland coach Mal Meninga will come under pressure to stand down Will Chambers after the Maroons winger found himself at the centre of an assault allegation a week out from the third State of...

Cameron Smith urges unity as Maroons lick their wounds

Phil Lutton Injuries to force Queensland to bring in fresh faces for game three.

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Rugby League

Guerra gets Maroon nod as Thaiday ruled out

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Phil Lutton Sam Thaiday will miss the Origin opener and Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra will make his debut as Queensland reshuffle their backrow ahead of the first game at Suncorp Stadium.

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Queensland's State of Origin report card

Phil Lutton Phil Lutton rates the Queensland State of Origin team.

Rugby League

Qld's Origin team of familiar faces

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04:  Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrate victory after game three of the 2012 State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on July 4, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Sydney Roosters backrower Aidan Guerra is the only new face in the Queensland State of Origin side after coach Mal Meninga unveiled the squad that will take aim at a ninth-consecutive series victory.

Smith the greatest hooker ever, says Meninga

Queensland skipper Cameron Smith.

Phil Lutton Mal Meninga has declared his Origin skipper Cameron Smith the best hooker that's ever played the game and wished the Blues good luck in curtailing his influence in the Origin opener.

The punch: Paul Gallen, Nate Myles and the death of Origin fights

Paul Gallen and Nate Myles trade blows in 2013.

Phil Lutton, Brad Walter The gentrification of Origin football started before the 39th minute of game one, 2013, but this would be the one-two combination that swiftly disinfected the greatest game of all.

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League

State of Origin: 'players lose faith' in judiciary process after Josh Reynolds decision

Trouble: Brent Tate is upended by Josh Reynolds.

Phil Lutton The North Queensland Cowboys have rallied around their Origin winger Brent Tate while coach Paul Green says players have lost all faith in the judiciary process after the Josh Reynolds decision.

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League

State of Origin II: Queensland selectors to wait on Greg Inglis, Billy Slater injuries

War wound: Billy Slater receives attention in Origin I.

Phil Lutton Queensland selectors will resist the urge to shake up their Origin side and give injured stars like Greg Inglis and Billy Slater every opportunity to prove their fitness before game two in Sydney...

State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Phil Lutton State of Origin LIVE: Qld v NSW

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Alex McKinnon incident should not be a taboo topic in NRL

The sickening tackle on Alex McKinnon.

Phil Lutton Serious neck injuries in contact sports are hardly a matter of joy, which is why it is disheartening that a discussion about the issue in rugby league has all the hallmarks of a pub-standard...

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Five burning questions about Queensland's Origin squad

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs leaves the field with a leg injury during the round 13 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand Warriors at nib  Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Do you want GI with that? Five burning questions about Queensland's supersized Origin squad.

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